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Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition Independence Missouri Education Awareness Prevention

Teen Pregnancy Stats & Facts

  • Independence has higher birth rates in teens than Missouri as a state and all of Eastern Jackson County
  • 1 in 3 teens will become pregnant before age 20
  • 43,000 babies born to teen mothers have a low-birth weight
  • $11 BILLION are spent yearly related to teen pregnancy in the United States
  • Daughters of teen moms are 3 times more likely to become a teen mom themselves
  • Only 30% of teen moms earn their high school diploma

About Us

The coalition was started by the Independence Health Department after completing a Community Health Assessment in 2011 and Teen Pregnancy Prevention was determined to be a community priority. Since then the coalition has grown to include the following partners: 

  • CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association)
  • Fort Osage School District
  • Independence Health Department
  • Independence Women's Clinic
  • Jackson County Health Department
  • Messiah Lutheran Church
  • Missouri Care
  • The Women's Clinic of Kansas City
  • Truman Heartland Community Foundation
  • Independence School District

Mission Statement

Empower and equip to people of Independence to make healthy choices by providing education, creating awareness, and fostering open communication in order to reduce teen pregnancies and build strong healthy families in the community.

Vision Statement

To create a community of educated individuals and families who strive to promote healthy behaviors in the youth of Independence, Missouri. 

Coalition’s Top Priorities

  • Schools
  • Community Events
  • Media/Campaign

Working Groups

  • Steering Committee: Strategic planning, implementation and evaluation activities to support the mission of TPPC. Provides leadership to achieve overall goals and facilitates communication between working groups and community organizations.
  • Education Committee: Works to develop educational activities and resources for community members. Activities may include community events and development of coalition educational materials
  • Public Relations & Media: Creation of promotional information for the TPPC. The work group will focus on internet promotions & development such as social media sites.
  • Finance & Funding: works to find funding that will support the coalitions' mission and goals. The group will also be overseeing the budget for the coalition.


The coalition meets the third Tuesday of every other month at Graceland University in Independence from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM. 

If you would like to be involved in the TPPC please contact Shawnna Jackson for more information about the coalition including member meetings and community events. 

Contact Information

Shawnna Jackson, MSN, RN, APHN-BC
Phone: 325-7188
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